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Brendan Steele

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175

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In alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, World No. 46 Brendan Steele and World No. 92 Jamie Lovemark handed in a 1-under-par 33-38=71 after Round 2 to reach the midpoint on 9-under 135, currently up three places on the day to T8. UPDATE: With R2 completed, they are T7, four back of 36-hole leaders Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam.
Both California natives played in last year's inaugural team edition and both missed the cut with other partners -- Steele with Keegan Bradley and Lovemark with Luke Donald. Lovemark has the better overall individual record at TPC Louisiana, including a playoff loss in 2016. The duo kicked off with bogey-free 64 (best ball) and was bogey-free 4-under thru 14 holes on Day 2 before eating a pair of doubles at 15 and 17. They did end on a high note, however, with Steele draining a 6-footer for a walk-off birdie-4 at 18. Neither of the doubles involved penalties but began with errant tee balls by Steele. Lovemark did most of the heavy-lifting on the greens, banging in three birdies from between 15 and 29 feet, including a long of 28'10" at the par-5 11th. Apr 27 - 3:24 PM

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Past champion Brendan Steele styled a 2-under-par 36-34=70 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, grabbing an early seat inside the top 10.

The 2011 Valero winner opened with a 3-under 69 during the year he donned the cowboy boots. He is just one shy of that number after today's round. Steele opened his day on the back nine and was dialed in from the start. On his outward nine alone he gave himself seven birdies looks from inside 18 feet. He converted on just one of those but he did add a bonus birdie at the par-4 15th where he holed out from 38'10". Steele's ball-striking cooled off on his inward nine but he managed to traded two more birdies with two bogeys. The Cali native likely feels like he left a few strokes out there today but he's still in a strong position on the leaderboard after day one.
Apr 19 - 2:46 PM

The 2011 Valero Texas Open champion Brendan Steele returns to TPC San Antonio for his eighth appearance at this week's event.

It was love at first sight for Steele who won here on his tournament and course debut. Since then, he's claimed three more top 15s over his six return visits. That includes the 2016 edition where he led after R1 and R2 before fading to T13 by week's end. Also in his favor is that two of his three career wins have come at Silverado Resort and Spa. He appears to be a golfer that plays well at venues he likes, time after time. As long as the AT&T Oaks Course is playing the role of host course here at the Valero, Steele is worthy of a look in all fantasy formats.
Apr 17 - 11:57 AM

Brendan Steele closed out a 1-up victory over Charley Hoffman in the first round of Group 12 matches at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play hosted by Austin Country Club. UPDATE: Steele lost to Tyrrell Hatton in a Group Stage playoff and exits with a 2-1-0 record for T17, his best finish in six WGC events (previous best: T20, 2018 Mexico).

Steele took early control of the tie with a birdie at the first from 16'0" and the third from 4'9". He was handed a 3-up lead when Hoffman made bogey at No. 3 and the two Americans shared the next six holes with pars before Steele stretched further ahead with a birdie bomb from 20'0". In sight of the winning line, however, he began to limp badly. He took a penalty on 13 and lost the hole to par, Hoffman drained from 13'1" for birdie at 14 to draw closer and Steele failed to make birdie at the vulnerable par-5 16th when Hoffman did. Worse was to come when Hoffman stuck it close at the 137-yard par-3 17th and Steele, gunning to hole putts, instead made bogey. Par at the final hole was enough to claim the point and push his career record into the red at 2-1-1. He plays fellow Thursday winner Tyrrell Hatton on Thursday.
Mar 21 - 3:33 PM

Brendan Steele soared up the leaderboard in round two of the WGC-Mexico Championship, styling a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 to reach 7-under 135 at the midpoint, currently T6 on the live leaderboard.

Steele split just five (of 14) fairways today but clearly wasn't too far offline as he still peppered 16 greens in regulation. That was good for +1.028 strokes gained off-the-tee and +2.661 strokes gained approaching-the-green. From there, he probably felt that he left a few strokes out on the course as he missed four putts from inside 15 feet. All five of his birdie conversions were on putts from inside four feet. Steele was T48 at the midpoint of this event last year and that's also where he finished by week's end. He's in much better position this week as he'll enter the weekend just four shots off the lead.
Mar 2 - 5:45 PM

Brendan Steele rolls into the WGC-Mexico Championship this week at Club de Golf Chapultepec looking for his eighth cut made in as many events this season.

Steele has a pair of top-5 finishes, including a victory in his opening salvo at the Safeway Open. The California native has been on a mission, ranking 19th in Driving Distance (308.9 yards) while harnessing that power to check in 20th in GIR (71.63 percent). The only holes in his game might be when he gets in the vicinity of the green. His scrambling has been a bit erratic, and he has been anything but handy with the putter, checking in a dismal 123rd in Putts Per Round (29.32). If he can get it together on the dance floor, look out.
Feb 28 - 9:01 PM

World No. 51 Brendan Steele authored a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish up on 15-under 269, up four spots to T4, three back of 72-hole clubhouse leader Gary Woodland. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele finished T3, three short of a two-man playoff involving Woodland and Chez Reavie.

This was the Californian's eighth WMPO, sixth top 25 (third straight), and fourth top 10, first since T6 in 2014. His best is T5 in 2012, so he might clip that. The 34-year-old, winner of the season-opening Safeway, is 6-for-6 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s. After opening with 68-67-67, he began T8 on 11-under, three short of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler. The UC-Riverside alum landed nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.208 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.925 around-the-green. He squared two at holes 1 and 14, outpaced by six circles at 2, 3, 6, 10, 13 and 17, two from between 11 and 15 feet. Steele posted 1.733 putts per GIR and 0.731 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. For the week, he tallied one eagle and 21 birdies versus eight bogeys.
Feb 4 - 5:31 PM

World No. 51 Brendan Steele crafted a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 7-under 135, up four spots on the live leaderboard to T8, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Daniel Berger.

This is the UC-Riverside alum's eighth straight appearance with five prior top 25s and three top 10s, including a best of T5 in 2012. He was a 36-hole co-leader here last year (65-67), but dipped to T16 after 70-72. The 34-year-old arrived 6th in the FedExCup standings with three top 25s and one top 10, a successful defense at the Safeway Open for his fourth TOUR title. He kicked off with a five-birdie two-bogey 68 and carded five again on Day 2, camouflaging a lone bogey at 11 (3-putt from 59'7"). The Californian posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 1.053 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.364 strokes off-the-tee and 0.703 approaching-the-green.
Feb 2 - 6:03 PM

Brendan Steele makes his way back home for an eighth appearance at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

The California native arrives with two top 10s in his last three visits to the Palm Springs area. That includes a T6 last year which was played on the same three-course rotation that is in play this week. More recently, he disappointed gamers with a 29th-place finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That's not to say his season is off to a slow start as he currently ranks 8th in the FedExCup standings thanks to a win at the Safeway Open and a T13 at the CIMB Classic. The 34-year-old is coming off a career season and should continue to be targeted in all fantasy formats. That is especially true this week as he pegs it 50 miles from his home town.
Jan 17 - 5:34 PM

Beginning two shots back, defending champ and World No. 59 Brendan Steele, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, celebrated a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the Safeway Open to reach 15-under 273, good for a two-shot victory over Tony Finau and his third PGA TOUR title in his 178th career start. UPDATE: Steele bumps 12 places to a career-high 47th in OWGR.

This was the 11th playing of the Safeway and fourth straight at Silverado. He is the first repeat champion of the event, winning last year as a 40/1 outright and also in come-from-behind fashion. Last year, he played out of the third-to-last threesome and erased a four-shot deficit with 7-under 65 to win by one. This year, he was a first-round co-leader and played out of the penultimate threesome in R4, trailing leader Tyler Duncan. The Californian hit eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.700 off-the-tee and 2.959 tee-to-green, No. 1 in both of those stats for the week at 6.170 and 12.226, respectively. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 12 and 14 (bogey-save from 7'6"), offset by five circles at 4 (from 12'6"), 5, 9, 16 and 18. The 34-year-old posted 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.734 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 09:02:00 PM

First-round co-leader and defending champ Brendan Steele patched together an even-par 35-37=72 in the third round of the Safeway Open, dropping one place to T3 on 12-under 204, two adrift of 54-hole leader Tyler Duncan (71).

After kicking off in 65-67, the Californian began in solo 2nd, one shy of playing competitor Duncan. Playing out of the final threesome, he landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.308 strokes off-the-tee, No. 1 in SG: OTT with a cumulative 4.464. The World No. 59 lost 2.193 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.458 around-the-green, but is still leading in SG: TTG thru 54 holes (9.280). He conjured two birdie-4s at holes 9 and 16, both 2-putt versions, cancelled by two bogeys at 11 and 18. The 34-year-old posted a commercial 2.000 putts per GIR and 0.129 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. He missed a par-saver at 18 from 9'6", dropping him out of the final threesome on Sunday.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 09:39:00 PM

Overnight co-leader and defending champ Brendan Steele fired a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Safeway Open to post 12-under 132, good for the 36-hole clubhouse lead by one over playing competitor Chesson Hadley, who shot 61. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele is in solo 2nd and trails PGA TOUR rookie Tyler Duncan by one, an 18-hole co-leader as well, who shot 66.

After kicking off in 65, the Californian co-led with two others, his sixth career 18-hole lead/co-lead in 178 career events. He's yet to convert on any of the five previous, conjuring just one top-5 finish (T5, 2014 Travelers). The World No. 59 hit seven (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.330 strokes off-the-tee and 2.224 approaching-the-green, currently No. 1 in both of those stats as well as SG: Tee-to Green thru 36 holes. The 34-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 11 (3-putt from 40'2"), camouflaged by six circles at Nos. 1, 5, 6, 12, 13 and 15, three from between 10 and 13 feet. He recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and 0.886 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 08:39:00 PM

Defending champion Brendan Steele torched the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa in round one of the Safeway Open, cruising to a 7-under-par 34-31=65 to grab the early clubhouse lead on day one.

The California native arrived with plenty of good vibes in Napa. He's positioned himself inside the top 20 after each of the last 8 rounds here, leading after four of those, including last year's victory. We can make that inside the top 20 after the last 9 rounds, leading after five of those (if this lead holds). It was a ball-striking clinic today as he split 12 (of 14) fairways and peppered all 18 greens in regulation. He converted five birdies in a six-hole stretch before making the turn to play his homeward nine (the front nine). The highlights coming into the clubhouse came at the par 5s, setting up a 2'2" eagle splash at the 5th and then gave himself another eagle look from 14'8" at the closing, par-5 9th. He would settle for a birdie, but still, sets up to potentially grab the sixth career first-round lead/co-lead of his career.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 03:44:00 PM

Brendan Steele has a great history at this week's venue, returning to Silverado Resort and Spa for a chance to defend his title at the Safeway Open.

The California native was looking to go wire-to-wire at this event two years ago before a final-round 76 derailed his hopes (T17). He used that as motivation last year as he returned to win the event. He even did a reversal in the closing round, saving his best round (7-under 65) for the closing lap. With under-par rounds in 10 (of 12) attempts at Silverado, Steele is set up nicely for another good week. His form faded over the summer, but gamers should expect a bounce-back as we head back to his home state of California.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 10:46:00 AM

World No. 56 Brendan Steele navigated a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the second round of the BMW Championship for a 36-hole tally of 8-under 134, up 18 places to T6 with play still in progress.

The 34-year-old is making his fifth appearance with one prior top-60 finish, a T13 in 2015 here at Conway Farms (68-67-68-70). He opened with 68 (one eagle, three birdies, two bogeys) and followed with five circles against two bogeys (one, 3-putt) and another eagle-3 at the par-5 eighth from 6'11". The UC-Riverside alum hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.239 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.709 approaching-the-green. His split featured two conversions from between 10 and 24 feet, adding a 16-footer from the fringe at the par-4 16th. Steele posted 1.786 putts per GIR and 1.522 SG: Putting, taking 29 total putts.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 06:15:00 PM